Archive for the ‘1950s’ Category

Avalon Hotel in Beverly Hills

November 11th, 2012



Last week I checked out the Avalon hotel in Beverly Hills. At first it seemed unlikely that the interior was nice because of the size and location, but the hotel had an amazing cool, mid-century vibe. The original architecture consisted of three buildings. Koning Eizenberg rennovated the building in 1990 to maintain historical style, but also make it a stylishly retro hotel. My favorite part about this hotel is the courtyard and amoeba shaped pool in the center.

Photos via inhabitat

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USAF Project 1794 Flying Saucer Plans

October 7th, 2012




These are cutaway sketches of a 1950s design proposal for the USAF’s Project 1794. The purpose of this project was to build a supersonic flying saucer. According to documents alongside the project, the saucer was supposed to reach a top speed of “between Mach 3 and Mach 4, a ceiling of over 100,000 ft. and a maximum range with allowances of about 1,000 nautical miles”.

The cost of building the prototype was estimated at $3,168,000, but the military pulled the plug in 1960 after the saucer was unable to meet desired expectations.

Via Wired

Supergraphics by Jean Philippe Lenclos

September 14th, 2011



Jean Philippe Lenclos was a young French man born in 1938. During his travels he became very interested in symbolism and color theory which led to him writing a theory based on the Geography of Color. In an interview in the book Supergraphics, which I suggest buying from Unit Editions, he talks about the differences in the appreciation of color and the use in changing consumers’ behavior.

The work of Lenclos is very intriguing to me. Something amidst the lines and geometric shapes lies the honesty in his design.

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Mid-Century Modern Science & Medicine

September 6th, 2011




Each one of these mid-century modern graphic illustrations incorporates a combination of pure geometric patterns. These once meaningful shapes and concepts sold products. It is my hope that by continuously revisiting these minimalistic visuals, we’ll begin to adopt the ideals of not overcomplicating our design.

Found on Sandiv’s photostream

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Minton Hill House

April 26th, 2011




Designed by De La Riva Architects and photographed by Marc Cramer, this Quebec hilltop house shows a unique balance of an engagement to the environment. Although separated by a wall and glass, the interior to exterior feels connected.

The house is positioned to allow light to stream in during the summer. An overhang also provides welcoming shade while relaxing on the cobblestone and looking over the valley below.

Via The Contemporist

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A Week of Mid-Century Design

January 3rd, 2011


For the next week (January 3rd through the 7th) I will be posting collections of mid-century design on the blog. Each of the posts will be archived here and added to each new post. Hope you enjoy the posts and can’t wait to share some of these images.

View each of the mid-century modern collections:
See Day 1: The Chairs
See Day 2: The Interiors
See Day 3: The Architecture
See Day 4: The Illustration
See Day 5: The Graphic Design

Mid-Century Interior Design Flashback

September 10th, 2010







The Flashback group on Flickr has one of the best collections of vintage goodies from the 50s, 60s and 70s. Some of the interiors that I found are really outstanding. Particularly the ones that look really modern—modern to today. It’s amazing how organic the design was as well.

Images via Flashback Group

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Project Thirty Three Album Covers

July 21st, 2010







These album covers are from a collection scanned and archived by Jive Time Records, a Seattle based store specializing in used vinyl. The fact that designers could get away with such simple designs just blows me away. It seems to me that it’s getting harder and harder to get away with designing so simply.

Visit Project Thirty Three’s archive.

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50s & 60s Interior Design

April 22nd, 2010

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Some great images of 1950′s and 1960′s interior design. I think its safe to say that the light and color of these images are probably making it look much better than it may look in person. Regardless, I love the wood tables and walls. Can’t forget the illustration of the Eames chair–the best seat in the house.

Images via Mid Century Home Style and FFFFound.